Friday, April 4, 2008

Santa Fe may become studio city

Two weeks ago, The Gazette reported on the failure of a film incentive program in the Colorado state Legislature. Nearby New Mexico, meanwhile, continues its very successful (albeit very expensive) incentive program and continues to attract Hollywood productions.

The latest sign of New Mexico's film supremacy is an announcement that a new, "green," 172,000-square foot studio facility will be built in Santa Fe.

The press release says the studio will be "fully green," although it's unclear exactly what this means. Maybe this:

"Renowned architect Gary Bastien has created building plans utilizing Anasazi principles of traditional architecture and sacred geometry, as well as LEED-certified practices such as recycled materials, passive heating and cooling, water conservation and native landscaping."

The county is buying 65 acres for the studios from the state land office, then turning the land over to the production company that will run the studios. The plan's backers say the studio project will bring 500 jobs and $71 million in economic impact to the area.

The plan still has to be approved by the county.

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